Happening upon a music festival during a neighborhood stroll was a fabulous surprise—especially when the lineup was three great Northwest bands and admission turned out to be free. R Day is an annual celebration sponsored by Rainier Beer, and it’s held adjacent to the original Rainier brewery in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. The event closed several blocks of Airport Way for beer, music, and street-festival fun.
2018’s show featured headliners the Helio Sequence, a Sub Pop-signed indie-rock duo from Beaverton, OR. They were touring in support of a new 10th anniversary re-issue of their 2008 album Keep Your Eyes Ahead, which they played in its entirety. Two local favorites opened the evening: Everett folk-rock group the Moondoggies, and Seattle psych-rockers Smokey Brights.
Many attendees wore Rainier-themed costumes, a 1970s Rainier brewer received an award, and an audience member even made a (successful) marriage proposal onstage. With its low-key vibe and in-demand lineup of local performers, R Day is definitely an event to put on the calendar.